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Poster: Jim F Date: Sep 20, 2011 12:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Most Rockin The Eleven

In the past I've always been the first to support anything anyone says that is great about 2/11/69. It's like a blueprint version, nearly all other versions before and after have some element that ties them to 2/11. 2/11's Eleven is this bizarre short piece of music that is so precise, and yes, tight. Other versions might have longer exploration of the various themes (thinking of post-vocal jams of versions like Two From the Vault and the other 3 shows in late August, October 68, etc.), but this one just doesn't relent.

And I don't care what people say, I like 10/13/68 sooooo much more than 10/12. Odd how that is, ain't it?

Anyway, I also like 2/28/69 and really like 3/15/69 a lot for some reason.

Oh, and about 12/7/68...yeah, I always liked that dreamy Dark Star, I always felt a sense of that being a "one that got away." It's odd, because they do such an interesting version of New Potato, out of a pretty respectful Cryptical suite, but then it seems they never seemed to recover from that stoppage and the show grinds to a near halt, with that ODD version of Rosemary thrown in, during a show with equipment problems, a brokendown drummer, and a crowd afraid to dance. I've always wondered why Mickey drops out (or is it Billy? I forget), during crowd requests someone says Aligator and Jerry says they can't do it, because one of their drummers "uh, broke down..."

This post was modified by Jim F on 2011-09-20 07:37:00

This post was modified by Jim F on 2011-09-20 07:37:17